Dying is Easy. It’s Living That’s Hard.
April 19, 2022
RUSSIAN DOLL Seasons 1 & 2 Soundtrack by Joe Wong Releases Tomorrow
Gardener Recordings is excited to announce the upcoming release of RUSSIAN DOLL: Seasons 1 & 2 (Music From The Netflix Original Series), now available on all major digital platforms, coinciding with the April 20th Season Two launch on Netflix. Composed by Joe Wong – who has worked on some of Netflix’s biggest hits including MASTER OF NONE and the TO ALL THE BOYS… franchise, and their critically lauded THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL – the album consists of his dream-like original score with highlights from the breakout first season and the highly anticipated second season. The series follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a cynical young woman in New York City who keeps dying and returning to the party that’s being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop. Season Two is set four years after Nadia and Alan saved each other and escaped the time loop in Season One — but now they’re stuck in a new kind of loop. This season, Nadia and Alan discover an unexpected time portal that sends them both on an era-spanning adventure through the past. The two must search for a way out of the loop together. “In many ways, we think of RUSSIAN DOLL as a musical, with the score serving to bridge and guide us through the rollercoaster of Nadia’s puzzle box adventure,” notes Natasha Lyonne, the show’s co-creator and star. “With the new season, we knew we wanted to use the investigative beats of the season one cues as a jumping off point to an ever more dense and psychedelic landing. The soundscape also allows us time to sit with some of the higher concept moments in the hopes of making them feel personal to the viewer’s life experience.”
“The score to RUSSIAN DOLL is constructed much like the eponymous nesting doll,” notes Wong. “I developed a series of leitmotifs which can function alone or nested inside one another, resulting in fugue-like cues. This season, our characters time-travel to historical Hungary, as well as 1980s New York. When deciding on the musical palette for this season, I imagined the sound of a Lisztian figure transported a hundred years into the future. This episode–the season finale–contains an intermingling of all of the main themes from both seasons, imagined through this sonic lens.” Of her collaboration with Wong, Lyonne adds, “It’s always such a joy to get to watch Joe work — he’s like a one man Jughead band. My only hope is that someday I get to see him work with a full orchestra as we bring our next joint project to life.”
Watch the Season 2 Trailer: